James Harden is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Harden is known as the most prolific scorer in the history of the NBA. He has also been labeled as the best shooting guard in the league.

For most of his professional career, he played for the Houston Rockets. He was later traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Harden also played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and the 76ers. James has also represented the United States in international events including the 2012 London Olympics.

Team Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers
Position Shooting Guard
Height / weight 1.96 m / 100 kg
Born 26 Aug 1989
Nationality United States United States
Nickname The Beard, No D Harden, Step Daddy
Team History
Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 2022 - present
Brooklyn Nets Nets 2021 - 2022
Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 2012 - 2021
Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 2009 - 2012


James was born James Edward Harden, Jr. on August 26, 1989. He is the youngest of three kids and he is a devout Christian. Harden is known for his trademark beard, which he started growing in 2009.

He is also a part-owner of the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. He is endorsed by Adidas in a deal worth $200 Million.

Player Profile

James stands 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds. He is usually in the shooting guard position, but he also plays point guard.

He is a left-handed player and he holds the record for the highest all-time left-handed scorer in NBA History. He was named by ESPN as the Best Shooter in the NBA for the 2010s.

James is known as one of the most dangerous scorers in the entire NBA.

High School and College Career

Harden attended Atresia High School in Lakewood, California. In his junior year, he helped lead his team to win the California state title. They won again during his senior year.

In 2007, he was named a McDonald’s All-American. He also was named to the Parade All-American second team.

He was recruited by Arizona State University to play for the Sun Devils. He was named to the All-Pac-10 after his freshman year. After his sophomore year, he was again named to the All-Pac-10 and he was also named the Pacific 10 Conference’s Player of the Year.

He declared for the NBA during the 2009 Draft and he chose Rob Pelinka to be his agent.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Harden was the third-overall pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

During the 2009-2010 season, he had a high three-point percentage, the fourth-highest in NBA history for a player under 21. He also made the most consecutive three-point scores by a rookie since Michael Dickerson.

For his rookie year, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. In the 2010-2011 season, Harden scored an average of 16.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

In the 2011-2012 season, he was awarded the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award. He was instrumental in helping the Thunders reach the 2012 NBA finals. They lost to the Miami heat.

Houston Rockets

Harden was traded to the Houston Rockets in October 2012. He signed a contract with the Rockets that would have him playing with them for five years. It was worth $80 million.

2012 – 2013

In his first season playing for Houston, Harden scored an average of 25.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 5.8 assists. He played and started in 78 games and he made 2,023 points in total.

He was named to the All-NBA Third Team for the 2012-2013 season.

2013 – 2014

At the 2014 NBA All-Star game, Harden was picked as a reserve. In the 2013-2014 season, he was named the Western Conference Player of the Year twice in two consecutive weeks.

He played his 120th game with the Rockets in February 2014. By then he had made more than 3000 points, making him the third player in the team’s history to do so in the first 120 games.

2014 - 2015

For the 2014-2015 season, Harden was named the National Basketball Players Association’s MVP. He recorded his first triple-double in Game 5 of the playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Harden would make three triple-doubles during the 2015-2016 season. He made 374 turnovers for that season as well and he averaged 29 points and 7.5 assists for that season.

2016 – 2017

In the 2016-2017 season, Harden signed a contract extension with the rockets for $118.1 million. He began playing as a point guard. In the season opener, he made 34 points and 17 assists.

In the same season, he broke the record for the most triple-doubles for an NBA Player.

2017 – 2018

In July 2017, Harden signed a four-year contract extension with the Rockets. It gave him $228 million guaranteed, the richest recorded in NBA history at the time.

Harden made team history by scoring at least 20 points during the first 20 games of a season. For October and November, he was named the Western Conference Player of the Month.

He sustained a hamstring injury in a December 31 game against the Los Angeles Lakers. He would go on to miss 7 games. When he came back in January, he became the first NBA player to have scored 60 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Harden was voted the National Basketball Players Association’s MVP for the 2017-2018 season. This is the second time he was named the NBA’s MVP.


In January 2019, Harden scored a record high of 61 points and 15 rebounds in a game against the New York Nicks. It is also in this season where he recorded his 2000th 3-point shot, making him the 9th player in the history of the NBA to do so.

He was a finalist for this season’s MVP award and he was also named to the All-NBA First Team.

2019 – 2020

On November 11, 2019, Harden was named the Western Conference Player of the Week. He also made his fourth 60-point game while playing against the Atlanta Hawks. This tied him with Michael Jordan.

Following the COVID-19 break, Harden led the Rockets to a victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

He was a finalist for the MVP award for this year.

2020 – 2021 Season and Brooklyn Nets Trade

When Coach D’Antoni and team general manager Morey left the Rockets, Harden also demanded a trade-in in November 2020.

In January 2021, he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets. For his debut with the Nets, he scored a triple-double, becoming the 7th player in NBA history to do so.

He was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month of March.

Career Highlights

  • 2007 – McDonald’s All-American
  • 2007 – Second-Team ParadeAll-American
  • 2008, 2009 – First-team All-Pac0-10
  • 2009 – Pac-10 Player of the Year
  • 2009 – Consensus first-teamAll-American
  • 2010 – NBA All-Rookie Second Team
  • 2012 – NBA Sixth Man of the Year
  • 2013 – All-NBA Third Team
  • 2013-2021 – NBA All-Star
  • 2014, 2015, 2017-2020 – All-NBAFirst Team
  • 2017 – NBA Assist Leader
  • 2018 – NBA Most Valuable Player

Representing the United States of America

  • 2012 – London Olympics, Gold
  • 2014 – World Cup in Spain, Gold

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